Webinar: TitanHQ and Datto Networking Discuss Enhanced Web Content Filtering
Oct17

Webinar: TitanHQ and Datto Networking Discuss Enhanced Web Content Filtering

Earlier this year, spam and web filtering solution provider TitanHQ partnered with Datto Networking, the leading provider of MSP-delivered IT solutions to SMBs. The new partnership has allowed Datto to enhance security on the Datto Networking Appliance with enterprise-grade web filtering technology supplied by TitanHQ. The new web filtering functionality allows users of the appliance to carefully control the web content that can be accessed by employees and guests and provides superior protection against the full range of web-based threats. TitanHQ and Datto Networking will be holding a webinar that will include an overview of the solution along with a deep dive into the new web filtering functionality. Webinar Details: Datto Networking & Titan HQ Deliver Enhanced Web Content Filtering Date: Thursday, October 18th Time: 11AM ET | 8AM PT | 4PM GMT/BST Speakers: John Tippett, VP, Datto Networking Andy Katz, Network Solutions Engineer Rocco Donnino, EVP of Strategic Alliances, TitanHQ Click here to register for the...

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TitanHQ Integrates Web Security into Datto’s Networking Suite
Jun13

TitanHQ Integrates Web Security into Datto’s Networking Suite

TitanHQ, the leading provider of email and web security solutions for SMBs, has formed a strategic alliance with the networking giant Datto and will be providing its innovative cloud-based web filtering solution to Datto MSPs. Norwalk, CT-based Datto is primarily a data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity service provider. The company’s mission is to provide SMBs with the highest quality enterprise-level technology to protect their businesses and networks. Datto achieves this through its managed service provider (MSP) partners, giving them access to software solutions to ensure their clients are well protected. The company was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2017 and merged with New York-based Autotask and now has offices in 21 locations in the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Australia, and the UK. The company employs more than 1,300 staff and is the world’s leading provider of MSP-delivered IT solutions. TitanHQ Integrates Web Filtering Solution into Datto’s Networking Range Galway-based TitanHQ is an award-winning...

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Spate of Phishing Attacks on Healthcare Organizations Sees 90,000 Records Exposed
May10

Spate of Phishing Attacks on Healthcare Organizations Sees 90,000 Records Exposed

The past few weeks have seen a significant rise in successful phishing attacks on healthcare organizations. In a little over four weeks there have been 10 major email hacking incidents reported to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, each of which has resulted in the exposure and potential theft of more than 500 healthcare records. Those ten incidents alone have seen almost 90,000 healthcare records compromised. Recent Email Hacking and Phishing Attacks on Healthcare Organizations HIPAA-Covered Entity Records Exposed Inogen Inc. 29,529 Knoxville Heart Group 15,995 USACS Management Group Ltd 15,552 UnityPoint Health 16,429 Texas Health Physicians Group 3,808 Scenic Bluffs Health Center 2,889 ATI Holdings LLC 1,776 Worldwide Insurance Services 1,692 Billings Clinic 949 Diagnostic Radiology & Imaging, LLC 800 The Oregon Clinic Undisclosed   So far this year there have been three data breaches involving the hacking of email accounts that have exposed more than 30,000 records. Agency for Health Care Administration suffered a 30,000-record breach in...

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TitanHQ’s WebTitan Now Available Through Kaseya IT Complete Suite
May04

TitanHQ’s WebTitan Now Available Through Kaseya IT Complete Suite

TitanHQ has announced its DNS-based web filtering solution, WebTitan, has now been integrated into Kaseya’s IT Complete platform. The integration allows MSPs serving the healthcare industry to offer their clients an additional layer of protection against web-based threats such as phishing, malware, and ransomware. Via Kaseya, managed service providers can access cybersecurity solutions from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Cisco, Dell, and Bitdefender. While the platform provides MSPs with a wide range of easy-to-deploy cybersecurity solutions, one notable absence was an MSP-friendly content filtering solution. “Security is a critical service that all MSPs must deliver. Adding WebTitan to our open ecosystem of partner solutions means our customers now have even greater access to best of breed technologies to meet the needs of their business,” said Frank Tisellano, Jr., Kaseya vice president product management and design. “With growing concerns over malware, ransomware and phishing as key threats to MSP customers, WebTitan adds a highly effective layer of...

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How Long Does It Take to Breach a Healthcare Network?
Apr13

How Long Does It Take to Breach a Healthcare Network?

A recent survey of hackers, incident responders, and penetration testers has revealed the majority can gain access to a targeted system within 15 hours, but more than half of hackers (54%) take less than five hours to gain access to a system, and identify and exfiltrate sensitive data. 61% of Surveyed Hackers Took Less than 15 Hours to Obtain Healthcare Data The data comes from the second annual Nuix Black Report and its survey of 112 hackers and penetration testers, 79% of which were based in the United States. Respondents were asked about the time it takes to conduct attacks and steal data, the motivations for attacks, the techniques used, and the industries that offered the least resistance. While the least protected industries were hospitality, retail, and the food and beverage industry, healthcare organizations were viewed as particularly soft targets. Healthcare, along with law firms, manufacturers, and sports and entertainment companies had below average results and were relatively easy to attack. As Nuix points out, many of the industries that were rated as soft targets are...

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Verizon PHI Breach Report Confirms Healthcare Has Major Problem with Insider Breaches
Apr03

Verizon PHI Breach Report Confirms Healthcare Has Major Problem with Insider Breaches

Verizon has released its annual Protected Health Information Breach Report which delves deep into the main causes of breaches, why they occur, the motivations of internal and external threat actors, and the main threats to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI. For the report, Verizon analyzed 1,368 healthcare data breaches and incidents where protected health information (PHI) was exposed but not necessarily compromised. The data came from 27 countries, although three quarters of the breached entities were based in the United States where there are stricter requirements for reporting PHI incidents. In contrast to all other industry sectors, the healthcare industry is unique as the biggest security threat comes from within. Insiders were responsible for almost 58% of all breaches with external actors confirmed as responsible for just 42% of incidents. The main reason for insider breaches is financial gain. PHI is stolen to commit identity theft, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, and tax fraud. Verizon determined that 48% of all internal incidents were conducted...

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SafeDNS Partners with Internet Watch Foundation
Mar18

SafeDNS Partners with Internet Watch Foundation

The web filtering platform provider SafeDNS has been helping consumers and businesses control the content that can be accessed via their wired and wireless networks since 2013. SafeDNS is already a ‘Friendly WiFi’ accredited company and its solutions ensure minors can access the Internet safely and securely and avoid sexual content and other age-inappropriate websites. Now the Alexandria, VA-based firm has announced it has partnered with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), and through membership with the organization, has taken another step toward making the Internet a cleaner and safer place. The IWF is a not-for-profit organization committed to cleaning up the Internet and removing images and video content of child abuse, child pornography, and other criminally obscene website content. The organization searchers for images of child abuse and allows Internet users to anonymously report any websites, webpages, and forums where such images are hosted. The IWF plays a major role in taking down the content and helps to bring the perpetrators to justice. The IWF also maintains a Child...

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SonicWall Cyber Threat Report 2018 Shows 71% Decrease in Ransomware Attacks
Mar06

SonicWall Cyber Threat Report 2018 Shows 71% Decrease in Ransomware Attacks

The SonicWall Cyber Threat Report 2018 published this week indicates the volume of ransomware attacks has fallen considerably over the course of the past year, dropping from 638 million attacks in 2016 to 184 million attacks in 2017. While the fall of more than 71% is certainly good news, there has been a notable rise in the ransomware variants used and a sizeable increase in the use of other malware. Between 2016 and 2017 there was a 101.2% rise in ransomware variants in use. SonicWall Captured 2,855 unique ransomware variants in 2017 and reports an 18.4% increase in malware attacks. In 2017, the number of malware attacks rose to 9.32 billion. Ransomware attacks may be down year-over-year, but SonicWall predicts the number of attacks will rise in 2018, albeit targeting different devices. IoT and mobile attacks are likely to become much more common in 2018. SSL/TLS traffic has increased by 24% in the past year as businesses switch from HTTP to HTTPS to provide greater protection for their customers. Cybercriminals have followed suit and are increasingly using SSL/TLS encryption to...

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Barracuda Launches New Security Insight Platform
Feb15

Barracuda Launches New Security Insight Platform

The cloud security and data protection company Barracuda has launched a new Security Insight platform that offers real-time threat intelligence and security risk data on the latest threats around the world. Having visibility into the latest threats allows security teams to take proactive steps to improve their defenses against real-world threats and assess the current threat level. Via the platform, users can view summaries and detailed information on web, email, endpoint, and network attacks tracked by Barracuda. For many companies, it is only when a cyberattack and data breach occurs that they become aware of a new threat. Threat intelligence such as that provided through Barracudas Security Insight raises awareness of attacks that are currently taking place around the globe – Awareness of those threats helps businesses take action to improve their security posture. Barracuda performs large-scale analyses of data collected from a wide range of sources which is summarized and presented through the Security Insight platform. The summaries are easy to read and provide bite-sized...

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Webroot Provides DNS Web Filtering for Guest WiFi
Feb14

Webroot Provides DNS Web Filtering for Guest WiFi

Webroot has expanded its SecureAnywhere DNS filtering service to include guest WiFi networks. The new service uses the firm’s domain layer security and content filtering service and ensures high availability of WiFi access via Webroot’s DNS global servers. Businesses are now under pressure to provide free Wi-Fi access throughout their establishment, with many customers choosing businesses based on whether WiFi access is provided. However, Wi-Fi networks can be hijacked and hacked placing customers at risk. Businesses also need to take care to ensure that their WiFi connections are not abused and used for illegal activities such as copyright infringing downloads and the accessing of criminally obscene website content. Webroot’s cloud-based SaaS has been developed to solve the problem and allows businesses to easily provide clean, safe, and secure WiFi access to guests. The solution has been developed to be easy to implement and use, even by those with little technical ability. Setting up content filtering on WiFi networks requires a minor change to DNS settings to redirect guest...

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Barracuda Acquired by Thoma Bravo in $1.6 Billion Deal
Feb12

Barracuda Acquired by Thoma Bravo in $1.6 Billion Deal

The cloud security and data protection firm Barracuda Networks Inc., has been acquired by the private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a deal worth $1.6 billion. Financing for the acquisition was provided by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Credit Suisse, and UBS Investment Bank. Barracuda will continue to operate as a privately held company. Barracuda shareholders will receive $27.55 per share of common stock they hold. “Thoma Bravo has an excellent history of investing in growing security businesses, and this transaction speaks to the value and strength of Barracuda’s security platform, which helps customers protect and manage their networks, applications, and data. I expect that our employees, customers, and partners will benefit from this partnership,” said BJ Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barracuda. Barracuda currently protects more than 150,000 customers from email, web, and network attacks with its platform used to protect workloads and applications from the full range of malicious attacks. Its cybersecurity solutions can be centrally managed in...

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Symantec Offers Solution for Filtering Uncategorized Websites
Feb06

Symantec Offers Solution for Filtering Uncategorized Websites

Organizations that have implemented URL filtering to control the websites that employees are allowed to access can easily filter websites by category. However, not all websites are categorized, which creates a problem with URL filtering. Without a category, applying category controls is not possible. Now, Symantec has offered a solution to the problem. When new websites are created it takes time for categories to be applied and the lag poses problems for URL filtering. The solution chosen by many organizations has been an all or nothing approach. Block all uncategorized websites or allow them to be accessed. When a category is assigned to the sites, they will be subjected to standard filtering controls. The allow all approach could permit malicious websites to be accessed, while the deny all approach means potentially useful websites will be unnecessarily blocked. While IT departments may be willing to accept the latter, it can result in an increase in support calls to the helpdesk. The Blue Coat Web Filter URL database is comprehensive, although the same problem with uncategorized...

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How Can Healthcare Organizations Protect Against Cyber Extortion
Feb06

How Can Healthcare Organizations Protect Against Cyber Extortion

In its January 2018 Cybersecurity Newsletter, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights drew attention to the rise in extortion attempts on healthcare organizations and offered advice on how healthcare organizations can protect against cyber extortion Ransomware Attacks Have Risen Significantly Ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations have increased significantly over the past two years. Healthcare providers are heavily reliant on access to electronic data and any attack that prevents access is likely to have a major impact on patients. The inevitable disruption to services – and the cost of that disruption – makes it more likely that a ransom will be paid. The relatively high probability of a ransom being paid, coupled with the ease of attacking healthcare organizations, has made the industry an attractive target for cybercriminals. It may be more cost effective and better for patients if a ransom to be paid instead of recovering data from backups. That was certainly the view of Hancock Health. A ransom payment of 4 Bitcoin was paid to...

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TitanHQ Partners with HTG Peer Groups
Feb04

TitanHQ Partners with HTG Peer Groups

At the HTG Peer Groups Q1 quarterly meeting in Las Vegas, TitanHQ, the leading provider of cloud-based web filtering and anti-spam solutions, announced it has partnered with HTG: The international coaching, consulting, and peer group organization. The new partnership sees TitanHQ become a Gold vendor, with its cybersecurity solutions made instantly available to HTG community members. HTG was formed in 2000 with the aim of helping businesses expand and realize their full potential. HTG consultants provide insights and share wisdom with business leaders to help them create the accountability and structure necessary to make their businesses a success. Through HTG, business leaders can maximize their potential using tried and tested strategic systems. The path to profitability and success inevitably involves some setbacks and having a partner to provide support and guidance through difficult times can make a big difference. Many companies also require help to avoid common problems: problems that can cause significant, and sometimes catastrophic, losses. One area of concern voiced by...

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Fortinet Launches New Operational Technology Security Solution for Critical Infrastructure Organizations
Jan18

Fortinet Launches New Operational Technology Security Solution for Critical Infrastructure Organizations

Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure are becoming much more common. Cybersecurity reports suggest SCADA/ICS security breaches have been experienced by more than 50% of critical infrastructure organizations in the past 12 months alone. Those attacks can result in major disruption to essential services including energy, water, and healthcare. Unfortunately, there are major differences between traditional information technology and operational technology (OT). Consequently, most enterprise-class security solutions do not have visibility into OT systems due to the highly specialized nature of the technology. Without visibility, it is not possible to effectively defend against cyberattacks on OT systems. However, Fortinet has now developed a security solution that addresses the unique challenges of protecting operational technology. Its latest offering unifies the management and administration of both OT and IT via the Fortinet Security Fabric. The Fortinet Security Fabric allows organizations to deploy advanced cybersecurity controls to keep their OT systems, control systems, and...

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Cyren and Carvir Partnership Sees SaaS Web and Email Security Solutions Offered to MSP Partners
Jan10

Cyren and Carvir Partnership Sees SaaS Web and Email Security Solutions Offered to MSP Partners

Cybersecurity firm Cyren has announced it has formed a new distribution partnership with Carvir that will see the firm’s web and email Security SAAS platforms offered to Managed Service and IT Service Providers. Carvir is a leading global distributor of monitoring and managed cybersecurity services for the IT services and MSP channel. Carvir already offers a wide range of cybersecurity solutions to MSPs and IT service providers, although there was a gap in its DNS, email, and web security solutions. Carvir now has more than 500 MSP partners who serve the needs of tens of thousands of business customers by providing managed security services. Over the past eight months Carvir has been searching for a new provider of cloud-based web security services. There was no shortage of powerful web security solutions, but most web security solutions were not MSP friendly, having been developed for enterprises rather than service providers. Many solutions lacked the multi-tenant capability or pricing model required by MSPs. By adding Cyren to our portfolio, we are delivering a superior security...

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Barracuda Networks Acquires Security Awareness Firm PhishLine
Jan03

Barracuda Networks Acquires Security Awareness Firm PhishLine

Barracuda Networks has announced it has acquired the security awareness and anti-phishing training firm PhishLine. The deal will see PhishLine’s training and phishing simulation platform incorporated into the Barracuda range of AI-driven anti-phishing solutions to provide more comprehensive protection for its customers. Technological defenses against spear phishing and phishing help companies to reduce risk to a reasonable level; however, no solution can be 100% effective against the barrage of spam and malicious emails now being sent by threat actors around the globe. Email is now the leading attack vector and highly sophisticated tactics are now used to bypass security controls and target employees. Social engineering techniques are used to fool employees into revealing their login credentials and install malware and ransomware. Security awareness training is therefore an important part of any cybersecurity strategy. Businesses must ensure that the workforce has the necessary skills to identify new threats and take the appropriate action. This is where PhishLine excels. The...

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Whitelist Only Feature Added to Cisco Umbrella
Dec30

Whitelist Only Feature Added to Cisco Umbrella

Cisco has announced it has added a new whitelist only feature to Cisco Umbrella. The whitelist only option allows organizations to restrict Internet access to a small number of secure websites, and block access to the rest of the Internet. User are able to access the whitelist only option via their Umbrella dashboard. When the whitelist only option is set, all domains will be blocked by default and will be inaccessible. Any attempt made by an end user to visit a website that has not been added to the whitelist will be blocked before a connection is made. Any individual that attempts to access an unauthorized website would be presented a block page or the user could be directed to a specific URL. The setting can be applied to an existing rule or a new rule can be created. The whitelist only option can be set for the entire organization, for a particular network, for user groups, individual users or certain devices. The whitelist option will disable category lists and blocklists and will only allow sites to be added via allow lists. The whitelist can be used for domains or URLs....

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SafeDNS Partners with Router Manufacturers to Provide WiFi Control Straight out of the Box
Dec11

SafeDNS Partners with Router Manufacturers to Provide WiFi Control Straight out of the Box

SafeDNS has partnered with router manufacturers to offer safe WiFI access straight out of the box. Most WiFi routers do not incorporate the necessary controls to allow the filtering of Internet content without the addition of a third-party solution or controls applied at the ISP level. When web-filtering solutions are included, they tend to be basic and typically do not include advanced capabilities such as SSL inspection, so are restricted to blocking HTTP sites. As more businesses mover over to HTTPS, these web filtering controls cease to be effective. Cybercriminals are also making the move to HTTPS, so the failure to decrypt, inspect, and re-encrypt traffic could leave businesses and consumers exposed to online threats. Further, most routers with Internet access controls included do not offer the same granular control as third party solutions and custom filtering rules cannot be applied.  Even in a home environment this can cause problems, as it is not possible to apply different settings for individual users. The all or nothing approach means the same restrictions for a...

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TitanHQ Partners with Etihad Stadium to Secure Guest WiFi Network
Nov24

TitanHQ Partners with Etihad Stadium to Secure Guest WiFi Network

TitanHQ has announced it has partnered with the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and is providing its client-less DNS Internet filtering solution to secure the stadium’s network of more than 700 WiFi access points. As a modern stadium, it was necessary to provide WiFi access to sports fans, but also to ensure that WiFi could be accessed safely and securely. The stadium operators needed to implement security controls to prevent fans from inadvertently downloading malware, visiting phishing websites, or viewing website content that was inappropriate in a public location. A client-based or appliance-based system would have been impractical, so DNS filtering was the natural choice. A DNS-based URL filtering solution would allow accessible web content to be carefully controlled without latency, ensuring fast Internet access speeds could be enjoyed by all visitors to the stadium. The Etihad stadium chose TitanHQ’s WebTitan Cloud for WiFi to protect its 704 high-speed, high-capacity Internet access points spread throughout its 53,359-seater venue and corporate hospitality areas. The Web...

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Almost Half of IT Decision Makers Say Cybersecurity Still Not a Priority for Board Members
Oct10

Almost Half of IT Decision Makers Say Cybersecurity Still Not a Priority for Board Members

Fortinet has published the results of its Global Enterprise Security Survey. The report indicates board members are still not taking sufficient interest in cybersecurity, even with the high volume of cyberattacks that are now being reported. The survey was conducted on 1,801 IT decision makers with responsibility/visibility of IT security. The global survey was conducted in 16 countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, India, and the UK. 48% of respondents said they did not believe cybersecurity was a top priority up for discussion by the board, with 77% or respondents believing the board should be scrutinizing IT security much more carefully. IT security is now viewed as a strategic board decision rather than simply an IT investment and a matter for the IT department to deal with. The need for board involvement has been highlighted by the rapid rise in cyberattacks in recent years. 85% of businesses have experienced a security breach in the past two years. The most common attacks involved malware and ransomware. Malware/ransomware attacks had been...

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SonicWall Reports 524% Increase in Malware Variants in the Past 6 Months
Oct04

SonicWall Reports 524% Increase in Malware Variants in the Past 6 Months

There has been 524% growth in the number of malware variants captured by SonicWall in the past six months and a 57% increase in new malicious files analyzed each day. More than 1,000 new malware variants are now used to attack SonicWall customers each day. The global Wannacry and NotPetya attacks were headline news in 2017 and claimed many victims, but the attacks continued as news coverage died down. New strands of Wannacry and NotPetya malware have been developed and continue to be used to attack organizations that have failed to update and secure their systems. There has also been a significant rise in ransomware cyberattacks on small businesses in 2017. Those attacks can be devastating. A study conducted by Osterman research indicates the number of SMBs forced out of business as a result of ransomware attacks has increased by 22%. With the average cost of a data breach now $3.62 million that comes as no surprise. The massive increase in new malware and ransomware variants places a strain on traditional cybersecurity solutions. The rise in attacks and the high cost of mitigation...

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LightSpeed Systems Incorporates New Options for Filtering SSL and Google Services
Sep28

LightSpeed Systems Incorporates New Options for Filtering SSL and Google Services

One of the biggest challenges for organizations wishing to filter the internet is inspecting encrypted websites without violating the privacy of users. Encryption is important to protect the privacy of web users, but for schools, it poses a challenge. Information such as credit card details need to be protected by encryption, but it is also important for SSL websites to be monitored and web access managed to ensure students are protected. Many schools have problems determining how SSL websites can be decrypted, analyzed, and re-encrypted to protect students with their existing web filter. Schools also want to filter individual YouTube videos, rather than having to block the entire website and prevent students from accessing important educational material. They also want to have visibility into Google searches and block certain searches from generating search results. Similar controls must also be implemented to prevent certain Google images from being displayed. Most schools get around the problem by using proxies, certificates and PAC files, although such measures are not easy to...

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SonicWall Responds to Increasing Cyber Threats with Major Expansion of Cybersecurity Solutions
Sep27

SonicWall Responds to Increasing Cyber Threats with Major Expansion of Cybersecurity Solutions

The massive rise in new ransomware and malware variants, and the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks on businesses have been accompanied by unprecedented innovation at SonicWall, which has rapidly expanded its range of cybersecurity solutions in response to the growing demand for more powerful solutions. SonicWall has now released its new SonicOS operating system, which includes more than 50 new features to enhance security and is the biggest customer-driven release in the history of the company. The SonicOS (v6.5) powers SonicWall’s Automated Real-Time Breach Detection and Prevention Platform. The new release has enhanced threat API capabilities that allow businesses to automate security systems and incorporate third-party intelligence feeds. New wireless features improve connectivity for an increasingly mobile workforce and help security teams enforce their policies across the entire organization. Advanced networking and connectivity capabilities have also been introduced to provide uninterrupted threat protection for connected networks of all types and sizes. The new...

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Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report Reveals 1.5 Million New Phishing Sites Created Each Month
Sep22

Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report Reveals 1.5 Million New Phishing Sites Created Each Month

Webroot has published its Quarterly Threat Trends Report for Q2, 2017 which highlights the growing threat from phishing. On average, each month in Q2 saw 1.385 million new phishing webpages created each month, although there was a major spike in May when 2.3 million new phishing websites were detected. On average, more than 43,000 new phishing websites are created each day. The quality of the sites has also increased. It is now virtually impossible to tell from the content of the page whether the website is genuine. The websites are highly realistic and use the same imagery, color schemes, logos and graphics as the sites they mimic. The only tell-tale sign that the websites are not genuine are the domain names used. The most commonly spoofed brand is Google. 35% of phishing sites impersonate Google to obtain Gmail and Google Drive credentials. Chase bank is the second most spoofed brand accounting for 15% of sites followed by Dropbox (13%), PayPal (10%), Facebook (7%), Apple (6%), and Yahoo and Wells Fargo (4%). The websites have a common purpose. To fool consumers and business...

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Cyren Collects Two Cybersecurity Breakthrough Awards for Web and Email Security
Sep20

Cyren Collects Two Cybersecurity Breakthrough Awards for Web and Email Security

At this year’s Cybersecurity Breakthrough Awards, Cyren was honored with two awards in the email and web security categories – The only company in this year’s program to collect two awards. The Cybersecurity Breakthrough Awards program was developed to recognize and reward companies that lead the field in IT security and have shown a high level of innovation and have brought exciting, powerful, and reliable cybersecurity products to the market. This year saw more than 2,000 companies and products nominated for the awards with cybersecurity companies from 12 countries competing. Nominees in categories such as email security, web security, threat detection, risk management, APT protection, identity management, mobile security, and risk management were assessed by a panel of independent judges drawn from the information security industry.  Nominees were narrowed down to produce a shortlist of finalists and category winners. Cyren, a provider of web, email, and DNS security solutions, was honored with Hosted Email Security Solution of the Year Award in the email security category....

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CyberSecurity Breakthrough Names SonicWall ‘Cybersecurity Company of The Year’
Sep20

CyberSecurity Breakthrough Names SonicWall ‘Cybersecurity Company of The Year’

Each year, CyberSecurity Breakthrough runs an award program that recognizes the efforts and achievements of technology companies, their products, and the people who drive innovation. The awards program covers the full spectrum of cybersecurity solutions including email, web and cloud security, threat detection, fraud prevention, risk management, firewalls, and UTMs across 16 product categories. Each year, the scale of the awards program grows. More than 2,000 nominations were received for this year’s awards program, with companies coming from 12 countries around the world. Those nominations were assessed by a panel of independent expert judges from the cybersecurity community who whittled down the field and selected the companies, products, and people that are having the biggest impact in their respective fields. This year, awards were given to some of the biggest names in cybersecurity including Paloalto networks, Crowdstrike, Proofpoint, Trend Micro, CipherCloud, Avast, and Lookout. There were more than 60 awards issued in this year’s program, with SonicWall chosen as the overall...

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IWF Blacklist Incorporated into a Category on Cisco Umbrella
Sep08

IWF Blacklist Incorporated into a Category on Cisco Umbrella

Cisco has announced that its users can now quickly and easily block all employees from accessing websites containing images of child sexual abuse. A blacklist of domains and URLs containing images of child abuse is maintained by the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF is a non-profit organization dedicated to removing all online images of child sexual abuse and preventing child sexual content from being accessed via the Internet. The list contains domains and URLs hosted all over the world that have been discovered to contain these sexual images, in addition to non-photographic images of child abuse hosted in the UK. In addition to searching the Internet for illegal sexual images of children, the charity mans a hotline that allows anyone to report websites found to be hosting child sexual images. Those reported URLs and domains are then added to the blacklist. The IWF supplies partners with up-to-date blacklists allowing them to easily block the illegal content via their filtering technologies. Cisco has now partnered with the IWF and has adopted its list and added it as...

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Partnerships with Hospitals, Schools and Insurance Firms Fuels Growth at TitanHQ
Aug28

Partnerships with Hospitals, Schools and Insurance Firms Fuels Growth at TitanHQ

TitanHQ has announced it is enjoying sustained growth that has been fueled by new partnerships with hospitals, school districts, and insurance firms who have chosen to secure their wired and wireless networks with the WebTitan web filtering solution and use the firm’s cloud-based anti-spam service to keep their inboxes spam free. Over the course of the past 12 months, TitanHQ has been increasing its healthcare clients. The healthcare industry is being targeted by hackers and ransomware and malware attacks have soared in recent months. Two of the main ways that malware and ransomware is installed is via malicious links in emails and drive-by downloads, which can be blocked with WebTitan. The latest health system to sign up and use WebTitan is the European Hospitals Group – a leading health system in Brussels in Belgium. The multi-lingual hospital group operates two facilities in Uccle and the Etterbeek/European Quarter and employs more than 1,800 staff. The hospital has now implemented WebTitan to prevent web-based malware attacks and to control the content that can be...

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New Web Filter Bypass Controls Incorporated into Web Filter Longhorn
Aug15

New Web Filter Bypass Controls Incorporated into Web Filter Longhorn

The use of a web filter is essential in many industries, especially in education where it is necessary to block access to adult content and images for CIPA compliance. Implementing a web filter can help to ensure users are prevented from accessing certain categories of web content, although there will be many individuals that attempt to bypass web filter controls and gain access to restricted content. There are several publicly available tools that can be used to bypass web filtering controls, and a quick google search is all it takes to find them. Schools need to have visibility into these attempts and ideally, be able to block all attempts to bypass the web filtering controls. When attempts are made to bypass the web filter, instant alerts are required to allow rapid action to be taken to terminate sessions. Preventing the use of blocking tools such as Ultrasurf, Hotspot Shield, and Psiphon can be problematic with many web filters; however, Lightspeed Systems has a solution. In the latest version of Web Filter Longhorn, users are given better visibility to allow them to rapidly...

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SafeDNS Earns AV-Comparative Award for Web Filtering
Aug14

SafeDNS Earns AV-Comparative Award for Web Filtering

The independent testing lab AV-Comparatives conducts extensive tests of anti-virus and other security software to provide businesses and consumers with advice on the top security products. In this year’s tests on parental control and web filtering solutions, SafeDNS was ranked in the top three out of all parental control solutions under test. SafeDNS provides consumers with the ability to carefully control the types of content that can be accessed via their home networks, with the solution also offered to businesses to prevent employees from accessing content not suitable for the office. One of the main uses of the solution at home and in the workplace is to prevent pornography from being accessed – An area where the solution performs particularly well, blocking 99.8% of adult content in the AV-Comparatives test. No other solution under test performed as well at filtering adult content. Following tests in previous years, SafeDNS has made improvements to its category filters in other areas, notably the blocking of gambling sites and weapons-related content. The solution blocked 94%...

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Forcepoint Adds New Capabilities to CASB, Web, and Email Security Solutions
Aug01

Forcepoint Adds New Capabilities to CASB, Web, and Email Security Solutions

Forcepoint has announced its security solutions now incorporate new behavior-driven controls to help protect critical business data, intellectual property, and employee devices. Forcepoint CASB, Web Security and Email Security have all been updated and now have new capabilities. New CASB analytics have been incorporated to help organizations reduce the time it takes to identify data breaches. Forcepoint cites Gartner data, which shows the dwell time between an attack and discovery is an average of 99 days. The longer a breach continues before it is discovered and mitigated the higher the cost to the organization. By using data and analytics it is possible to greatly reduce the time between an attack and detection, and thus reduce the cost and damage caused. Forcepoint CASB helps organizations study the actions of users to identify risky behavior and vulnerabilities, allowing IT teams to take action to be taken before a breach occurs. The solution also helps IT teams identify anomalies which are indicative of a data breach and take rapid action to mitigate attacks. The new...

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96% of SMBs Susceptible to External Cybersecurity Threats
Aug01

96% of SMBs Susceptible to External Cybersecurity Threats

Webroot has published the results of a new study that examined how well small to medium sized businesses are prepared to deal with cyber threats. The study revealed the majority of SMBs are not currently equipped to deal with external cybersecurity risks and believe they are susceptible to external cybersecurity threats. 600 IT decision makers in the UK, USA, and Australia were surveyed by Wakefield Research on behalf of Webroot. All respondents were employed by small to medium sized businesses with between 100 and 499 employees. 96% of respondents said they believe their organization will be susceptible to cyber threats this year and while their organization is aware of the current threat landscape and the growing number of threats, 71% of respondents said they are not well prepared to address them. The main concerns are malware infections, mobile attacks, and phishing incidents. 56% of respondents were most concerned about malware, 48% most concerned about threats to company-owned or BYOD mobile devices, and 47% were particularly concerned about phishing. The fallout from a...

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Securly Announces New Initiative and Partnership to Benefit Education Sector
Jul13

Securly Announces New Initiative and Partnership to Benefit Education Sector

The San Jose, CA-based web filtering solution provider Securly has announced a new partnership with WiscNet to better protect Wisconsin students from harmful Internet content. The firm’s standard Chrome-based web filtering solution has also been made available free of charge to K12 schools across the United States. WiscNet Partnership Sees Discounts Offered on K12 Web Filter Solutions WiscNet is a membership organization that offers education services to public and private schools throughout Wisconsin. A partnership with Securly is allowing existing and new members to obtain significant discounts on the Securly web filtering service. Securly’s web filter has primarily been developed for K12 schools and educational institutions to make Internet filtering more straightforward. The cloud-based filter can be used to secure devices connected to school and other Wi-Fi networks and prevents students from visiting inappropriate websites. The solution can also monitor social media accounts and email activity and generate alerts of potential self-harm and bullying. The solution also includes...

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Symantec to Acquire Fireglass to Improve Protection from Ransomware, Malware and Phishing Attacks
Jul08

Symantec to Acquire Fireglass to Improve Protection from Ransomware, Malware and Phishing Attacks

The cybersecurity giant Symantec acquired the web security firm Blue Coat last year in a deal worth $4.65 billion. That was followed by the acquisition of the identity theft protection company Lifelock in a deal worth $2.3 billion in November. Now the Security software giant has announced a further acquisition: the Israeli cybersecurity startup Fireglass. At this stage the price and terms of the acquisition deal have not been disclosed. The acquisition of Blue Coat has allowed Symantec to move into the enterprise web security market, LifeLock has helped improve its footprint in the consumer market, and the Fireglass acquisition will allow the firm to improve its malware, ransomware, and phishing protection offerings. Tel Aviv-based Fireglass was founded in 2014 and has developed innovative technology that helps companies protect against malware, ransomware, and phishing threats. Phishing emails target a weak point in security defenses: Employees. While email security solutions can be deployed to block these threats from reaching inboxes, many malicious emails are still delivered....

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Symantec Included in Leader’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways
Jul03

Symantec Included in Leader’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways

The cybersecurity firm Symantec has been included in the leader’s Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateways by Gartner. This year, the company is the only solution provider in the leader’s quadrant that offers both cloud-based and on-premise web gateway solutions. Only one other company was included in the leader’s quadrant this year – Zscaler. Zscaler was rated highest for completeness of vision, while Symantec was rated highest for ability to execute. Three companies were included in the Challenger’s Quadrant, and 5 in the Nice Player’s Quadrant. This is the 10th consecutive year that the technology behind Symantec’s secure web gateway has been included in the Leader’s Quadrant. Symantec was included in 2016 and 2017, and as Blue Coat in earlier years. Symantec acquired Blue Coat last year. Gartner assesses companies for their completeness of vision and ability to execute, with the assessment based on 15 different criteria. The combined assessments across those criteria resulted in Symantec receiving the highest rating. Secure web gateways incorporate URL filtering to control the...

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Kenilworth Update Improves Authentication on Smoothwall Web Filter
Jun29

Kenilworth Update Improves Authentication on Smoothwall Web Filter

The latest update to the Smoothwall web filter sees improvements made to authentication and safeguarding, along with the option of adding a Google sign-in button to the login page to allow access with a single click. One of the main features to be added to the Smoothwall’s secure web gateway web filter by the Kenilworth update is the incorporation of IDex identity indexing, which makes the process of authenticating users far simpler. IDex is also a more scalable identity checking mechanism that authentication. IDex does not depend on a connection to domain controllers for authenticating users and there are no delays to user access with this new identification system. At the heart of IDex is the IDex Directory – a database housed on a Smoothwall appliance that contains all the necessary user identity information. IDex Directory records the username, IP address, groups, and logged-in timestamp for each user, and integrates that information with all Smoothwall services that require identity verification. Data are also replicated across nodes. Workstations have the IDex Client running...

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Fortinet Named Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management
Jun28

Fortinet Named Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management

For the 8th consecutive year, Fortinet has been named a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management for its SMB multi-function firewalls. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of competitive positioning, broken down into four quadrants with technology providers ranked as leaders, visionaries, niche players, and challengers. Challengers rank highly for their ability to execute in today’s marketplace, yet they lack understanding of the direction the market will move in the future. Niche players lack focus and do not innovate or outperform other companies, yet may still offer products well suited to many businesses. Visionaries have an excellent grasp of the market but are not executing to their full potential. The leader’s quadrant includes companies that execute well against their current vision and have an excellent understanding of the market and where it is going. The Magic Quadrant provides companies with a view of the relative positions of each player in the market and allows them to determine which companies are performing the best and which are...

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Expanded Webroot and ConnectWise Partnership Help Customers Block Web-Based Threats
Jun07

Expanded Webroot and ConnectWise Partnership Help Customers Block Web-Based Threats

Webroot has expanded its partnership with ConnectWise which will see its Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection platform offered to ConnectWise customers to help them block web-based threats more effectively. Webroot SecureAnywhere® DNS Protection is a web filtering solution that can be used by businesses to carefully control the websites that can be accessed by employees. Webroot uses IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to classify more than 95% of the Internet at least three times a day, with sites added to one or more of the 80 categories used by the platform. Users can select which categories they allow their employees to access with controls applied for specific users, groups, or for the entire organization. In addition to offering category filtering controls the solution also blocks websites known to host malware and phishing websites. Since more than 85% of malware infections occur via the web, by controlling the websites that employees can access it is possible to significantly improve an organization’s security posture and protect against malware, ransomware, keyloggers, and spyware....

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Purple Move on WiFi Security Sets Example for All Public WiFi Deployments
May25

Purple Move on WiFi Security Sets Example for All Public WiFi Deployments

Wireless networks offer many benefits to healthcare organizations. Healthcare professionals can access networks and data from any location using portable devices, without the need to plug in to the network. Many medical devices connect wirelessly to WiFi networks improving clinical workflows. However wireless networks can also introduce risks. If any PHI is transmitted over wireless networks, HIPAA requires appropriate controls to be applied to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and availability of PHI. If WiFi networks lack appropriate security, unauthorized individuals could intercept WiFi packets and view sensitive data, including protected health information. Securing internal WiFi networks is therefore essential. The failure to secure WiFi networks would place an organization at risk of a HIPAA penalty. The risk of a HIPAA violation or data breach is a real concern for healthcare organizations. Security concerns have prevented many hospitals from offering WiFi access to patients, even though offering WiFi can improve the patient experience. Many healthcare organizations...

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TitanHQ Partnership with ADTRAN Enables MSPs to Deliver Cloud-Based Security Solutions
Apr11

TitanHQ Partnership with ADTRAN Enables MSPs to Deliver Cloud-Based Security Solutions

TitanHQ has announced a new partnership with ADTRAN, the leading global provider of communications and networking equipment. The partnership will see ADTRAN expand its ProCloud Subscription Services Suite to four new solution categories to better meet the needs of managed service providers (MSPs). The ProCloud Subscription Services Suite brings together industry-leading cloud-based solutions to allow MSPs to better meet the needs of their customers. The four solution categories that now comprise the suite of services are ProCloud Unified Communications, ProCloud Analytics, ProCloud Network Management and ProCloud Security. TitanHQ’s cloud-based web filtering solution – WebTitan – and cloud-based spam filtering solution – SpamTitan – have been added to the ProCloud Security solution. WebTitan allows organizations to carefully control the web content that can be accessed by employees while protecting organisations from a wide range of web-borne threats such as phishing websites and downloads of ransomware and malware.  SpamTitan is a full-service email security solution that...

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Securly Launches Anycast DNS powered Internet Filtering Service
Mar31

Securly Launches Anycast DNS powered Internet Filtering Service

Securly has announced that its K12 web filtering solution is now being served through Anycast DNS on AWS. Anycast DNS speeds up the load time of websites by routing the user to the nearest server to the user’s location. Websites can be located on servers all over the world, which will naturally involve some latency when the user is some distance away from the server. Anycast DNS essentially brings that content closer. Typically, a content distribution network (CDN) is used to achieve this. A CDN is a network of proxy servers and data centers through which web content can be served to reduce latency and ensure availability. Servers are chosen based on which is the closest and has the lowest latency. While CDNs are effective at speeding up the loading of static or cached web content, they do not work so well for dynamic content and do not work with Internet protocols such as DNS. Anycast DNS solves that problem. Anycast allows different web servers to share the same IP address, which means clients requests can be taken to the nearest web server serving that content – the server with...

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Web Filter Longhorn Version 3.2.1 Released
Mar30

Web Filter Longhorn Version 3.2.1 Released

Lightspeed Systems has released an updated version of its education industry-focused web filter Longhorn. Version 3.21 of Web Filter Longhorn incorporates a number of enhancements to make monitoring and managing website and mobile traffic easier. The new web filter has been made more powerful, incorporating enhanced SSL decryption and more intelligent user identification to ensure users can be easily identified regardless of where they are accessing the Internet. The Adaptive AI database has also been improved for more accurate categorization of websites, reducing the potential for the overblocking of website content. Other major updates include: Allowing users to prioritize identification methods and select the order that each method of identification will be attempted. The addition of a second level of control for restricting access to YouTube videos. If used, administrators can set the YouTube filter as strict or moderate. Version 3.2.1 now incorporates Bing Safe Search, in addition to Google Safe Search The certificate installation process has been simplified by changing the...

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Smoothwall Inverness Update Sees Improvements Made to Safeguarding and Firewall
Mar14

Smoothwall Inverness Update Sees Improvements Made to Safeguarding and Firewall

The Inverness update to Smoothwall products sees several improvements made to the firewall and Safeguarding features to improve usability. The changes made to the firewall include a new user interface that clearly displays all firewall rules, together with the configuration specified for each. The rules are also displayed in groups of similar rules to make administration easier. Configuring and editing firewall rules has also been simplified with a new pop-up that requires fewer clicks. Objects can be created and used for groups of IP addresses and services, with one rule applying to several different addresses. Objects can also be reused for other rules. Improvements have also been made to the firewall log viewer, incorporating more information on the screen to make it quicker and easier for users to find the information they need. Details of specific connections can also be found more easily thanks to a new log filter system. The web filter benefits from two new filtering categories – Web Hosting and Collaboration Software. The Web hosting category includes sites that offer...

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Securly Launches DNS-Based iPad Web Filtering Solution
Mar08

Securly Launches DNS-Based iPad Web Filtering Solution

Securly is the first web filtering service provider to develop a DNS-based web filter for iPads. While web filtering is already available for IPad users, the DNS-based approach eliminates the problems associated with browser-based filtering and the use of proxies. While it is straightforward to apply web filtering controls on laptop computers and desktops, extending that filtering to iPads has proved to be a major challenge. It is possible to apply DNS filtering controls to Windows laptops and Chromebooks, but due to the limitations of the architecture on iPads it was not possible to make DNS settings stick across Wi-Fi and LTE networks. iPads use the Safari web browser which could not easily be secured using a DNS-based web filtering system. Consequently, the alternative was to use other browsers that could easily be secured. The problem is that on iPads, links are opened in Safari, which would bypass filters applied to other browsers. In industries such as education this would create a problem. Compliance with CIPA would require the Internet to be filtered on all devices, all the...

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EdgeWave Wins 2017 Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Award for its Content Filtering Solution
Feb14

EdgeWave Wins 2017 Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Award for its Content Filtering Solution

EdgeWave has collected a Cyber Defense Magazine InfoSec Award for its leading web security solution iPrism. Cyber Defense Magazine is the leading electronic information security magazine and a regular sponsor of the RDA Conference – The biggest Infosec conference in the world. The magazine has 100,000 monthly readers and provides invaluable advice for information security professionals and is the leading source for IT security information. Throughout the year, Cyber Defense Magazine reviews hundreds of products and gives readers impartial advice on the best cybersecurity products on the market. The best companies and their cybersecurity solutions are recognized through its annual awards program, which is now in its fifth year. Companies can submit their products for consideration for an award and an independent panel of judges reviews the submissions and selects finalists and the winners of each category. The judges are all CISSP, FMDHS, CEH, certified security professional who vote for each product after conducting a thorough review of the company, its data sheets, white papers,...

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Cisco Launches First Cloud-Based Secure Internet Gateway
Feb09

Cisco Launches First Cloud-Based Secure Internet Gateway

The popularity of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications has grown considerably in recent years. Working practices have changed, and SaaS is well suited to an increasingly mobile workforce. SaaS is certainly not a fad. The use of SaaS is likely to grow considerably over the coming years, with Gartner predicting an increase in SaaS use of 70% by 2018. While branch offices used to connect to the Internet via the corporate network, now many offices are connecting to the Internet directly, which means they bypass many network and Internet security controls. Not only does this increase risk, organizations potentially now lack visibility into threats targeting certain sections of the enterprise. One way organizations have got around this is with the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), although VPNs are not always used by employees. A recent survey conducted by IDG revealed 82% of mobile workers did not always use VPNs. An alternative strategy is to use on-premise web gateway solutions; however, multiple secure web gateways add complexity and latency and are therefore far from an...

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Internet Security as a Service Platform Launched by Cyren
Feb02

Internet Security as a Service Platform Launched by Cyren

Cybersecurity firm Cyren has announced the launch of a new Cyren Cloud Security platform, which combines Internet, email, and DNS security with cloud sandboxing in a single cloud-based platform, with all services accessible through a single pane of glass. Email and web security solutions had previously been developed by Cyren, although both were offered as separate solutions. The combination of these cloud security services into the same platform makes it easier for businesses to implement, configure, and manage the solutions. Cyren Cloud Security 4.0 offers users a single dashboard through which summaries of the web and email threats that have been detected and blocked can be viewed. The dashboard allows administrators to see threat summaries at a glance and drill down for more detailed information. Cyren Cloud Security uses a common policy framework for email and web security services with integrated reporting, license management, and customer onboarding. At the heart of the platform is the Cyren GlobalView Threat Intelligence Cloud, which offers industry leading detection,...

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EdgeWave Launches iPrism Secure Web Gateway 8.1
Jan24

EdgeWave Launches iPrism Secure Web Gateway 8.1

EdgeWave has announced the release of version 8.1 of the iPrism Secure Web Gateway. The updated Internet filtering and cybersecurity solution features enhanced security controls and more granular policy control to provide even greater protection while making management of the solution more straightforward. The iPrism Secure Web Gateway is an appliance-based web filtering and Internet security solution that provides protection from a wide range of web-based threats, while allowing organizations to carefully control the content that can be accessed via their Internet connections. The latest version the web gateway is a set it and forget it solution, offering comprehensive URL filtering and malware protection with minimal maintenance. The latest release gives users even better value, usability, and performance, thanks to several key upgrades. While an appliance-based solution, iPrism is deployed as a cloud-hybrid platform and features highly granular controls to keep networks secure and free from malware. The latest release of IPrism includes a totally redesigned reporting system...

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New Security Categories Added to Cisco Umbrella to Monitor and Block DNS Tunneling
Jan17

New Security Categories Added to Cisco Umbrella to Monitor and Block DNS Tunneling

Cisco has added two new security categories to Umbrella to help customers identify and analyze potentially harmful Internet traffic and security threats. The two new categories – DNS tunneling VPN and Potentially Harmful – help customers mange the risk of DNS tunneling and identify and block data loss. DNS tunnelling allows the data of programs and protocols in DNS responses and queries to be encoded. DNS tunnelling is used by anti-virus and anti-malware programs to obtain signatures to update virus definition lists. While this use of DNS tunnelling is legitimate, malicious actors can similarly use DNS tunnelling to hide outbound traffic – communications between malware and C2 servers or to hide the exfiltration of data. Many organizations do not monitor for this type of traffic, so it can be difficult to detect data loss and malware communications. To help customers identify this malicious traffic, Cisco has incorporated the new DNS tunneling VPN as a security category within Umbrella. Commercial DNS tunneling VPN services can be used to mask or hide traffic as DNS queries,...

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New TitanHQ Partnership Sees Enterprise Anti-Spam Solution Pushed Throughout Middle East
Jan03

New TitanHQ Partnership Sees Enterprise Anti-Spam Solution Pushed Throughout Middle East

TitanHQ has announced a new partnership with Middle-East based cybersecurity firm Zservices. The new collaboration will see TitanHQ’s enterprise anti-spam solution – SpamTitan – pushed to large organizations based in the Middle East, Africa, and India. The new partnership deal was announced during Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. TitanHQ was formed in 1999 in Galway, Ireland and has fast grown into a global cybersecurity solution provider with more than 75 partner offices worldwide. Over almost 20 years, TitanHQ has developed a deep understanding of the complex threat landscape and has developed a range of cybersecurity solutions to protect organizations’ networks from increasingly sophisticated web and email-borne threats. TitanHQ has enjoyed tremendous global success with its anti-spam and web filtering solutions. The affordable, subscription-based security solutions are powerful tools that keep enterprise networks secure from web and email-borne threats. TitanHQ’s SpamTitan, WebTitan, and ArcTitan...

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Web Security Gateway Updated by Barracuda
Nov22

Web Security Gateway Updated by Barracuda

Barracuda Networks has announced new updates have been released for its Web Filter Gateways (version 11.0) that provide greater protection from advanced threats and ransomware. Customers can now benefit from Barracuda’s cloud-based microservice – Advanced Threat Detection – which provides greater protection from targeted attacks, including ransomware, thanks to integration with Barracuda Web Filter Gateways. The latest models of the Barracuda Web Security Gateway – models 610 and above – now include dedicated SSL acceleration hardware to speed up SSL inspection of encrypted web traffic. As more sites move to HTTPS, including those created by threat actors, it is essential for encrypted traffic to be inspected since these encrypted connections are now often used to hide inappropriate or malicious content. However, SSL inspection can put a strain on network performance as it is resource intensive. The new SSL acceleration hardware improves performance, doubling the speed of SSL inspection. The Web Filter Gateways now integrate seamlessly with Barracuda NextGen firewalls and...

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Secure Mobile Access 1000 Series OS 12.0 Launched by SonicWall
Nov16

Secure Mobile Access 1000 Series OS 12.0 Launched by SonicWall

As more businesses take advantage of remote workers, and the use of mobile devices grows, businesses seek solutions that provide an equivalent level of protection for remote and mobile workers as can be achieved within an organization’s facilities. SonicWall’s answer is the Secure Mobile Access (SMA) solution which allows security policy enforcement for mobile and remote workers. This week, SonicWall announced it has launched an updated version of its Secure Mobile Access 1000 Series OS. Version 12.0 includes several enhancements to improve security for remote and mobile users, regardless of the data types accessed or devices used to connect to cloud and on-premise resources. The solution offers enforced SSL VPN to essential applications, data and resources regardless of device type or operating system, with access granted only to trusted users with access rights determined by the health metrics of the connecting device and its location. The solution allows up to 20,000 connections per appliance and large enterprises can combined appliances to provide hundreds of thousands of...

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Millennials Pose Significant Risk to IT Security, Reports Forcepoint
Oct26

Millennials Pose Significant Risk to IT Security, Reports Forcepoint

The results from a recently published Forcepoint survey shows millennials are placing the security of their organizations at risk by engaging in risky behaviors. The survey showed millennials were more likely to take short cuts to improve productivity, even though those behaviors placed security at risk. Forcepoint says action needs to be taken now to prevent the attitudes and behaviors of the younger generation from taking hold, especially in government organizations. The failure to address security issues could place U.S government IT systems in jeopardy. The study was conducted on 670 individuals and assessed attitudes and behaviors that increased the risk of cyberattacks, malware infections, and data breaches. The survey showed that millennials were regularly using unsecured WiFi networks for work without the use of VPNs. Password sharing was common, as was the belief that cybersecurity was an issue for IT departments to deal with. The survey suggests millennials believe they are well educated in cybersecurity matters and are confident about their level of security awareness....

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TitanHQ Protects McDonalds Restaurants from Malicious Email Messages
Oct15

TitanHQ Protects McDonalds Restaurants from Malicious Email Messages

TitanHQ has announced a new partnership with McDonalds (Phillipines) to protect employees from phishing attacks and emails used to spread malware and ransomware infections. TitanHQ has now completed rolling out its award-winning anti-spam solution – SpamTitan – and is now protecting McDonalds employees across the 500+ McDonalds restaurants throughout the Philippines. While international law enforcement operations have successfully taken down major spamming botnets and there has been a reduction in spam messages as a result, spam email remains a major attack vector. In fact, figures from the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) show that phishing attacks are on the increase. APWG recently announced that there are now more phishing attacks taking place than at any other time in history. While phishing and other malicious emails used to be relatively easy to identify, cybercriminals have added a new level of sophistication to their phishing attacks. It is becoming increasingly difficult for employees to identify phishing emails; therefore, a technological solution is required to prevent...

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EdgeWave Secures WiFi Network at 2016 US Open Tennis Championship
Aug29

EdgeWave Secures WiFi Network at 2016 US Open Tennis Championship

The La Jolla, CA-based email and web security firm EdgeWave has announced it has been selected as the cybersecurity partner at for this year’s US Open Tennis Championship at Flushing Meadows, NY and will be providing the technology to keep the tournament’s WiFi networks secure. Today, sports fans expect to be provided with WiFi access at sports events, yet it is important for event organizations to ensure that the Internet can be accessed securely and acceptable usage policies are enforced. That means blocking access to undesirable content such as pornography and webpages that are known to contain malware. This is the ninth consecutive year that EdgeWave has been selected to secure mobile Internet access for the US Tennis Association (USTA) at the U.S Open Championship. This year, the USTA WiFi network will be available to more than 750,000 fans, athletes, and sports reporters who will be assured of a secure connection and provided with high-speed Internet access. The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has an expansive mobile Internet infrastructure and is one of the most...

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Securly Simplifies the Deployment of Cloud-Based Web Filters
Aug10

Securly Simplifies the Deployment of Cloud-Based Web Filters

There are several issues associated with appliance-based web filters. The cost of the appliance, the lack of scalability, problems with deployment, and the bottlenecks they can create when bandwidth-heavy applications are used or streaming services are being accessed by multiple users. These problems have seen many organizations turn to cloud-based filtering solutions. Cloud-based web filters require no hardware, are highly scalable, easy to deploy, and have the same level of granular control as their appliance-based counterparts. Since no expensive hardware is required, they can also offer significant cost advantages over appliance-based web filters. One disadvantage of cloud-based filtering is that it is often necessary to speak to customer service teams to implement the solution. Many organizations struggle to configure the solution on their own. Since customer service teams are usually busy, this can delay the implementation of a cloud-based web filter. Securly is now offering a solution. An entirely self-servable cloud-based web filter that can be set up through a browser...

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SafeDNS Enhances Web Filter to Improve Detection of Malicious Resources
Aug01

SafeDNS Enhances Web Filter to Improve Detection of Malicious Resources

SafeDNS, a provider of web filtering solutions for home and business users, has launched a new version of its platform featuring new proprietary technology that has significantly improved the detection of malicious websites. Since the new technology was implemented, detection of malware and other malicious websites and webpages by SafeDNS has increased by 66%. The solution is now able to accurately detect 98% of malicious websites. Many web filtering solutions rely on blacklists of known malicious websites to determine whether access to page content should be granted. Unfortunately, solutions that only rely on blacklists fail to block a large percentage of phishing websites and sites containing malware and exploit kits, as there is often a significant delay between the creation of a malicious website and its inclusion on a blacklist. The new SafeDNS system places less reliance on static lists and instead maintains its own list of websites based on its own analyses of sites. Multiple new methods of assessing websites have been incorporated into the latest version of the platform...

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Forcepoint Introduces New Technology to Secure Connections for Roaming Workers
Aug01

Forcepoint Introduces New Technology to Secure Connections for Roaming Workers

IT teams may be able to secure their wired and wireless on-premises networks, although it is much harder to secure users’ connections to the Internet when they are outside the corporate network and connect to the Internet via wireless hotspots. Organizations with a high percentage of remote or mobile workers often struggle to secure employees’ devices and provide secure, reliable access to data via third-party networks and public Wi-Fi hotspots. A highly mobile workforce is now becoming the norm with more workers now accessing networks remotely, and that calls for technological solutions to ensure devices and data remain secure.  Unfortunately, while many cloud-based security solutions can be deployed to reduce risk, many do not give IT security teams visibility in the actions taken by remote workers. Many solutions also mask the users’ true locations, which means it is not possible to access localized content and neither enforce geofencing controls. Forcepoint has now developed a solution that helps organizations improve security for a mobile workforce and ensure visibility into...

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New Blue Coat Appliance Gives Organizations Better Visibility into Encrypted Traffic
Jul31

New Blue Coat Appliance Gives Organizations Better Visibility into Encrypted Traffic

Malicious actors are increasingly using SSL traffic to hide malware according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems. The use of SSL/TLS encrypted sites is growing due to concern about the privacy of website visitors. While SSL/TLS offers increased security, it also gives malicious actors the opportunity to hide malware, command and control center communications, and data exfiltration. The threat is rising at an alarming rate. Blue Coat researchers identified 58 times as many SSL-cloaked C&C channels and 200-fold rise in C&C servers using SSL in 2015. While organizations have implemented URL filtering and secure web gateways to protect their networks from malware, many solutions do not have visibility into encrypted traffic. Many organizations find that security appliances that can decrypt and re-encrypt SSL traffic are not without their issues. The capacity of some appliances and filtering solutions reduces by as much as 80% when configured to inspect SSL traffic, meaning SSL inspection must be turned off or capacity needs to be expanded. Blue Coat’s solution is a...

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Smoothwall Releases Glamis Product Update
Jul05

Smoothwall Releases Glamis Product Update

The latest product update from Smoothwall – named Glamis – sees several changes to improve speed and usability of its system, with key changes made to safeguarding, malware detection, and reporting. New filtering categories have been added to the Guardian web filter engine covering ‘APIs and web libraries’ (excluding CDNs), and ‘Computing’. Computing covers the websites of tech companies, sites relating to programming languages, and news from the computer industry. Note that this category excludes computer games, which are covered by the online games and computer games categories. The web filter also sees Smoothwall change its malware detection engine to Bitdefender. Bitdefender often tops industry malware detection lists and was chosen for the excellent level of protection it provides and the comprehensive range of file types covered. Other advantages are an increased maximum file size that can be scanned (1GB). The update to the malware detection engine requires the downloading of Bitdefender signatures. This will happen automatically, but the download will take serval minutes to...

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Securly Partners with Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepsafe
Jun29

Securly Partners with Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepsafe

Two organizations committed to making the Internet a safer place and removing and blocking illegal web content are the Internet Watch Foundation and iKeepSafe. This week, the web filtering solution provider Securly has announced that it has partnered with both organizations and the Securly web filter has been verified as meeting strict standards for Internet control. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a UK based charity committed to eradicating child pornography from the internet and making it harder for individuals to access such content. The charity works closely with law enforcement agencies and ISPs to ensure that illegal images and videos are taken down and permanently removed from the Internet. The charity is also committed to bringing the individuals responsible for uploading the content to justice. IWF maintains a blacklist of websites and webpages discovered to be hosting images of child abuse or child pornography, which can be applied to web filtering solutions to ensure such content cannot be accessed. Securly has incorporated the IWF blacklist into its own blacklist...

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Symantec Announces Acquisition of Web Security Firm Blue Coat in $4.65 Billion Deal
Jun12

Symantec Announces Acquisition of Web Security Firm Blue Coat in $4.65 Billion Deal

In a deal worth approximately $4.65 billion in cash, Symantec will acquire the web security firm Blue Coat Inc.  The Boards of Directors at both companies have approved the acquisition and the deal is expected to go through in Q3, 2016. Blue Coat currently has the largest share in the web security market and has GAAP revenue for the fiscal year ending on April 30, 2016 of $598 million and non-GAAP revenue of $755 million. The company has developed an extensive portfolio of technologies and has developed a Cloud Generation Security platform that is being used by more than 15,000 customers. The company continues to develop new products and expand its customer base and has achieved year-on-year growth of 17%. Under the deal, Blue Coat Chief Executive Officer Greg Clark will become the CEO of Symantec and will join the Symantec Board. The acquisition will help Symantec maintain is position as a leader in the field of cybersecurity, with its customers protected from a much wider range of cyberthreats. Symantec will be able to offer best-in-class protection, detection, and remediation of...

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TitanHQ Receives Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award
Jun01

TitanHQ Receives Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award

TitanHQ has picked up a ‘Top 100’ Award at this year’s Red Herring Europe Awards – one of the most prestigious awards for technology companies. The Red Herring Awards are an annual event where private technology ventures are honored for their innovation, potential, track record and financial performance. Each nominated company is comprehensively assessed on 20 criteria, including market footprint, quality of management, proof of concept, innovation and execution of strategy. While many awards recognize the potential of a company, the Red Herring panel of judges looks more deeply at a company, giving an unparalleled insight into the best technology vendors, not just their products by the ability to develop them into industry-leading offerings. The detailed reviews of each company mean the Top 100 Award winners list gives a clear view of the most innovative companies with the greatest potential, providing invaluable information on the hottest prospects for venture investors. This in depth look at the best of the best in the field of technology resulted in the potential of some of the...

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SafeDNS Joins Friendly WiFi Initiative
Apr12

SafeDNS Joins Friendly WiFi Initiative

Parental control and web filtering company SafeDNS has been accredited as ‘Wi-Fi Friendly’ and is now an approved vendor of web filtering solutions that ensure minors can access the Internet safely and securely. The Friendly WiFi Initiative is the world’s first public Wi-Fi accreditation scheme, which was devised by RDI (UK) Holdings in conjunction with the UK government and the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The aim of the initiative is to encourage businesses that offer Wi-Fi access to their customers, clients, and patrons to ensure only family friendly websites can be accessed via their networks. This is of particular importance in locations where minors may visit, such as coffee shops, restaurants, venues, hospitals, and libraries. To be accredited, an organization’s web filtering solution is subjected to stringent tests to ensure it is effective at blocking access to obscene images and other adult and undesirable content. Organizations that pass the assessment can display the Friendly Wi-Fi symbol. Businesses that use a Friendly Wi-Fi Approved Vendor’s solution can...

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Smoothwall Framlingham Update Introduces Google as a Directory Service
Mar08

Smoothwall Framlingham Update Introduces Google as a Directory Service

Smoothwall has released its Framlingham update, making several changes to authentication, implementing an easier way to filter the Internet on Chromebooks, as well as enhancements to safeguarding and reporting. Thanks to a new directory type, it is now possible for filtering on Chromebooks to be based on Google Apps memberships without having to use GADS to link an Active Directory to Google. System administrators can map Smoothwall groups to Google groups allowing Smoothwall content filtering policies to be applied to Google groups. Synchronization does not occur automatically when a user logs in via their Google account, instead this is performed on demand via the click of a button. In this release a single domain can be set up although, in future updates, Smoothwall will add support for subdomains to allow group mapping by organizational units. This release also sees improvements made to Connect for Chromebooks, removing several of the setup steps. It is now optional for verification checks against the Google authentication service to be performed, although the verification...

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SpamTitan Technologies Awarded Ninth VB+ Award
Mar04

SpamTitan Technologies Awarded Ninth VB+ Award

SpamTitan Technologies is celebrating its ninth VBSpam+ award – and thirty-fifth VB award overall – for a high performance in blocking spam emails. Virus Bulletin is a security information service that conducts independent testing on anti-malware and anti-spam solutions. It only distributes VB awards to vendors whose software achieves excellence in preventing web-borne threats – VBSpam+ being the highest award the organization can bestow. The most recent Virus Bulletin anti-spam test took place in January, with sixteen anti-spam solutions undergoing rigorous testing. For the fourth time in a row, SpamTitan Technologies´ anti-spam solution blocked more than 99.9% of spam and, for the third time in a row, it did so without any false positives. Martijn Grooten – responsible for conducting Virus Bulletin´s comparative reviews – commented on the importance of spam filters and how ‘spam filters make the email lives of users a lot easier – and a lot more secure”. Speaking about the performance of SpamTitan Technologies´ anti-spam solution, Martijn said...

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Cyren Collects Cyber Defense Magazine Award for Web Security Platform
Mar04

Cyren Collects Cyber Defense Magazine Award for Web Security Platform

The leading cybersecurity magazine – Cyber Defense Magazine – has announced the winners of the 2016 CDM Awards program, with Cyren Web Security platform named 2016 Best Anti-Malware Solution. Cyren Web Security is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that combines web policy control with anti-malware protection, helping businesses to control the categories of websites employees are allowed to access in the workplace and protecting users and endpoints from phishing, malware, ransomware, and other web-based threats. The cloud-based solution has been developed to be quick and easy to deploy, and being cloud-based, requires no software downloads or hardware purchases. The subscription-based DNS filtering solution prevents end users from visiting known and unknown malicious URLs, decrypts, analyzes, and re-encrypts SSL traffic, and blocks outbound calls to threat actors’ C2 servers. Cyren now protects more than 600 million end users from web-based, mobile, and email-based threats and can name major companies such as Google, Dell, Microsoft, and McAfee among its clients. Cyber Defense...

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TitanHQ Launches Web Filtering Solution for Hospital Wi-Fi Networks
Feb17

TitanHQ Launches Web Filtering Solution for Hospital Wi-Fi Networks

TitanHQ – a world leader in email and web security solutions – has launched a DNS-based Web filtering solution for hospital Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi in hospitals has been acknowledged as a feature that increases patient satisfaction and has been associated with faster patient recuperation. Certainly providing patients with a means of communicating with their families via email and social media makes their stay more bearable. However, providing unfiltered Wi-Fi access to patients can have negative consequences. Patients that spend all day live streaming sports events can eat up bandwidth – preventing other patients from being able to access the Internet at all. Patients can access inappropriate web content in eyeshot of other patients or minors, and – potentially a more serious consequence – is the installation of malware and viruses that may not only infect the user´s device, but also the entire Wi-Fi network. TitanHQ has developed a solution for these potential issues – WebTitan Cloud for Wi-Fi. With Wi-Fi filtering for hospitals, administrators...

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New Version of Rocket Web Filter Released by LightSpeed Systems
Feb16

New Version of Rocket Web Filter Released by LightSpeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems has announced version 3 of its Rocket web filter has now been released. The web filter is one of the leading web filtering solutions used in education to block access to malicious websites and sites containing inappropriate content for minors. The new version of the web filter includes a redesigned, sleek interface for ease of use, a redesigned administrator dashboard, and a wide range of new features designed to improve usability and school network management. The Rocket web filter is an appliance-based web filtering solution that runs on Lightspeed Systems’ proprietary technology, with options for cloud-based filtering also available. The web filter was developed first and foremost for use in education and soon become the go to company for web filtering, thanks to robust filtering controls that do not overblock web content. Version 3 of the Rocket Web Filter improves on its predecessor by increasing filtering speed and improving SSL handling. The latest version has better scalability and also now includes new reporting options, providing traffic reports in real...

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Fortinet Identifies Further Products Vulnerable to FortiGuard SSH Backdoor
Jan22

Fortinet Identifies Further Products Vulnerable to FortiGuard SSH Backdoor

products, which could be used to gain administrative control of certain devices. The backdoor existed in the FortiOS operating system in versions 4.x up to 5.0.7. The FortiGuard SSH (Secure Shell) backdoor had not been intentionally added, instead it was a flaw in its management system which used an undocumented account and hard-coded password. Fortinet reports that the flaw was due to “A feature that was designed with the intent of providing seamless access from an authorized FortiManager to registered FortiGate devices.”  This was therefore different to the security issues with Juniper Networks devices that had a backdoor inserted by a malicious actor. While an independent researcher discovered the flaw, Fortinet said that its own security team had identified the problem and patched it in 2014. FortiOS 4.3.17 and FortiOS 5.0.8 were patched in 2014, and all products running FortiOS versions 5.2 or 5.4 were not vulnerable to the exploit. While the issue appeared to have been addressed, the publication of the exploit prompted Fortinet to investigate other products to determine...

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Raytheon|Websense Rebrands as Forcepoint
Jan14

Raytheon|Websense Rebrands as Forcepoint

Raytheon|Websense has recently been rebranded. From January 14, 2016 the company will be known as Forcepoint. Forcepoint combines the cybersecurity products of Websense, which was acquired by Raytheon in May 2015, Raytheon – a major U.S. defense contractor, and the next generation firewall solutions of Stonesoft and Sidewinder, which were acquired from Intel Security this month. Forcepoint is a joint venture between Raytheon and Vista Equity Partners. The acquisitions which allow the company to provide a wide range of cybersecurity solutions to address the ever-evolving threat landscape through the transformative technologies of the cloud, mobility and IoT. The company is providing a cloud-centric platform that will safeguard data, networks, and end users. The combination of all services under the same brand will help the firm eliminate some of the inefficiencies of managing separate collections of cybersecurity products. The products of all companies will be combined into a platform solution that offers protection from internal and external threats, combining next generation...

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Smoothwall Web Filter Edinburgh Update Make Use Easier
Jan12

Smoothwall Web Filter Edinburgh Update Make Use Easier

have also been made to the administrative User Interface to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Users will notice several changes to the layout of the administrative User Interface. The main navigation menu has been moved to the top of the page, and the menu system has been changed to allow users to view and navigate between all items in the section showing users exactly where they are in the product. In addition to making navigation easier, the changes will support future product updates. Context-sensitive help is also displayed on the page, providing hints and tips while performing certain actions. When viewing the filtering reporting sections, users will now be able to see the amount of time a user has spent browsing a particular domain. Certificate management has been improved with the creation of a new certificate management page, making it easier for users to create, delete, import, and export certificates. Certificates are included for MITM for decrypting HTTPS sessions to enable content to be filtered, for user facing HTTPS services, and Global Proxy. Establishing a single...

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WebTitan Gains Accreditation as Friendly Wi-Fi Approved Vendor
Nov11

WebTitan Gains Accreditation as Friendly Wi-Fi Approved Vendor

WebTitan´s Wi-Fi filtering solution has been considered to be of a sufficiently suitable standard to gain accreditation in the UK´s Friendly Wi-Fi scheme. In 2013, the UK´s Prime Minister – David Cameron – announced that a commitment had been received from the UK’s main Wi-Fi vendors that their standard public Wi-Fi service will automatically filter the Internet to comply with the Internet Watch Foundation “watch list” and block access to pornography. The Friendly Wi-Fi Scheme was subsequently created in collaboration with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). The motive behind the Scheme is to prevent children and young adults from accessing inappropriate pornographic material themselves and limit accidental exposure to inappropriate material that nearby adults might be viewing in public. “Friendly Wi-Fi” accreditation is given by the Registered Digital Institute to vendors and businesses who commit to protecting minors from exposure to inappropriate web content. TitanHQ has just announced that the company´s WebTitan for Wi-Fi has been accredited by...

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LightSpeed Systems Releases New Device Management Bundle for Windows
Nov10

LightSpeed Systems Releases New Device Management Bundle for Windows

Lightspeed Systems has launched a new Device Management Bundle for Windows that simplifies the management of Windows and non-Windows devices. The new package incorporates web filtering, mobile device management, and classroom management in one convenient package. The system was developed to help administrators manage the increasing number of mobile devices in use in educational institutions, control what those devices can be used for, and apply security controls in case of loss or theft. All controls can be easily set from a single administrator’s panel, with the option of securely delegating certain responsibilities to other users to ease the administrative burden. Through the control panel it is possible to view the screens of all users, set secure filtering policies, set testing policies, manage device features, and apply individual device controls to suit all users, including staff and students. Lightspeed Systems worked closely with Microsoft when developing the Management Bundle for Windows to ensure full compatibility with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft...

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Cisco Announces Acquisition of OpenDNS
Aug27

Cisco Announces Acquisition of OpenDNS

Cisco has announced it has acquired the DNS and cybersecurity firm OpenDNS, boosting Cisco’s cloud-based security portfolio. OpenDNS was formed in 2006 as a consumer DNS company, with the firm moving into the realm of cybersecurity in 2012 with the launch of the network security service OpenDNS Umbrella. The firm developed its product portfolio and usability of its Umbrella to allow integration with any security product via the OpenDNS global security network. During the past three years, OpenDNS has partnered with some of the world’s biggest IT security vendors and its cybersecurity offerings are used by many of the world’s top enterprises. Cisco made its intentions to acquire OpenDNS known in June. Now, two months on, it has been announced that OpenDNS is now part of Cisco, although the acquisition process is not expected to close until the end of the first quarter of 2016. The acquisition makes perfect sense for Cisco, allowing the firm to rapidly expand its cloud-based security services and augment its already advanced threat detection capabilities, which now includes DNS-based...

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Fortinet Launches Secure Cloud-Managed Enterprise WiFi Solution
Aug12

Fortinet Launches Secure Cloud-Managed Enterprise WiFi Solution

Fortinet has announced it has made several enhancements to its FortiCloud management system and has also introduced a new range of secure Wireless Access Points (APs) that can be managed entirely in the cloud. The updates and new line is part of the company’s drive to dominate the secure wireless networking market, which has been helped by the recent acquisition of Meru Networks: A leading supplier of wireless local area networks (WLANs) to the education, enterprise, hospitality, and healthcare industries. Wireless LAN solutions are convenient for organizations with facilities in multiple locations; however, deploying WLAN solutions is not without challenges. The architecture is often complex as networks need to be segregated, with separate networks used for guests and employees. Multiple WLAN controllers are often required, with separate security appliances also required, adding to both cost and complexity. The alternative is to use cloud-based WiFi solutions, and while there is now much more choice in this area, security remains a major concern. There are many security challenges...

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SpamTitan Technologies Undergoes Rebranding Exercise – Emerges as TitanHQ
Aug11

SpamTitan Technologies Undergoes Rebranding Exercise – Emerges as TitanHQ

From today, SpamTitan Technologies – one of the world´s leading providers of email and web security solutions – will be known as TitanHQ. To support its continued evolution as a provider of email and web security solutions, SpamTitan Technologies has rebranded as TitanHQ. The company has had seen substantial growth over the past five years due to the release of new products, the introduction of cloud security services and through relationships with partners throughout the world. As the company continues to grow, its leadership has decided on the rebranding as part of its future plans. TitanHQ´s CEO – Ronan Kavanagh – said “As our customers’ needs have evolved so too has our product suite. We have added great new products and product brands such as SpamTitan, WebTitan and ArcTitan. The company continues to respond to consumer demand and this rebrand is part of this response. We now feel it is right to incorporate all of our great products under one umbrella brand which will allow us communicate one core message through one central platform to our customers”....

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EdgeWave Collects Two Gold Awards for Email and Web Security Solutions
Jul15

EdgeWave Collects Two Gold Awards for Email and Web Security Solutions

The La Jolla, CA-based cybersecurity firm EdgeWave has collected two Gold Awards at Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards for Hot Companies and Best Products. Network Products Guide is a leading technology research and advisory guide and has been running its award program for 10 years. The awards cover the full spectrum of IT products in every facet of the IT industry and celebrate the best products and services currently on the market. This year’s awards were announced at a gala event in San Francisco on June 29. Businesses from all industry sectors are now being targeted by hackers who are using increasingly sophisticated methods to gain access to networks and data.  While anti-virus and anti-malware solutions still have their uses, the sophisticated methods of attack require more advanced security solutions to prevent the sabotaging of systems and theft of sensitive data. Two such solutions developed by EdgeWave were recognized at the Network Products Guide and both picked up gold awards. In the Best Email Security Product category, EdgeWave collected a gold award for its...

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Barracuda Improves Deployment Choices for its Web Filtering Solution
Jun17

Barracuda Improves Deployment Choices for its Web Filtering Solution

While many organizations choose a combined firewall and web filtering solution, in order to balance security with performance, many choose to keep both functions separate. Barracuda Networks has announced that it has now improved its web security deployment choices, allowing customers to choose an integrated firewall/web security solution or run both as separate appliances. “The recent enhancements made to Barracuda’s firewall and web security products allow customers to deploy best-in-class web security architectures, either integrated as a feature of their next-generation firewalls, or integrated as discrete firewall and web security appliances,” said Stephen Pao, GM Security, Barracuda. The Barracuda next generation firewall now has the capability to silently redirect traffic through the web filter without inline connections, with the feature made available on both the Barracuda Firewall and the Barracuda NextGen firewall. Organizations that run the firewall and web filter on separate appliances can gain several performance benefits, since there are different...

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Fortinet Survey Reveals Wireless Network Biggest Concern in Enterprise IT Infrastructure
Jun03

Fortinet Survey Reveals Wireless Network Biggest Concern in Enterprise IT Infrastructure

Fortinet recently commissioned a survey on CISOs, CIOs, CTOs, and head of IT to discover current views on wireless security and the protections put in place by organizations to secure their wireless networks. The survey, conducted in May 2015 on 1,490 qualified IT decision makers, revealed wireless networks were the biggest area of concern and the weakest link in the security chain. From a security standpoint, wireless networks were ranked as the biggest concern by 49% of respondents, compared to the core network which was the biggest concern for just 29% of respondents. The remaining areas of concern were databases (25%), applications (17%) and storage (11%). Almost all of the CIOs that took part in the survey (92%) said insufficient wireless security was a concern. When asked about the security put in place to secure wireless networks, 37% of respondents said they do not even have authentication controls in place on their internal wireless networks. The level of concern therefore comes as no surprise. Further, while internal wireless networks have been set up for staff use, 43%...

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Fortinet Launches FortiGuard Mobile Subscription Service
May28

Fortinet Launches FortiGuard Mobile Subscription Service

Businesses that allow employees to use their own devices at work under BYOD schemes face challenges blocking threats from those devices. They lack visibility and often struggle to control mobile traffic. Wireless networks are becoming more popular in business environments and industry experts predict the popularity of wireless networks will continue to grow. Ultimately, wireless networks will dominate wired networks in enterprises. However, wireless networks pose security risks and security protections must be implemented to identity and block threats. Fortinet has now developed a solution that will improve both visibility and threat protection on wireless networks, especially for personally owned mobile devices used at work under BYOD schemes. The FortiGuard Mobile Security Service offers mobile malware protection and mobile application control for all Apple IOS and Android devices that connect to wireless networks. The FortiGuard Mobile Security Service offers threat protection through Fortinet’s global threat intelligence service, which supplies threat intelligence on both...

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Raytheon Acquires Websense in $1.9 Billion Deal
Apr20

Raytheon Acquires Websense in $1.9 Billion Deal

Raytheon, a major U.S defense contractor, has announced it is to acquire Websense Inc from Vista Equity Partners in a deal reported to be worth $1.9 billion. The deal is expected to add an additional 20,000 commercial customers to Raytheon’s portfolio and is expected to close at the end of Q2, 2015. Over the past couple of years there has been a significant increase in cyberattacks on organizations of all sizes from SMBs to multi-national corporations. The increase in frequency of attacks and the level of sophistication of the attackers requires advanced defenses to be deployed to keep networks and data secure. The recent high-profile attacks have prompted many firms to commit more funds to cybersecurity. MarketsandMarkets has estimated there will be an increase of $60 billion in cybersecurity spending over the next four years, and Raytheon is poised to take advantage. Websense has developed Internet security technology for enterprises and governments to protect against web-based threats and block data theft and keep systems and endpoints free from malware. Those solutions will be...

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HTTPS Filtering Now Integrated into WebTitan
Mar27

HTTPS Filtering Now Integrated into WebTitan

The latest release of WebTitan´s web filtering solution has a number of new features – including advanced HTTPS filtering for sites using SSL inspection. WebTitan 5.00 allows IT administrators to easily monitor, control, and protect online users, and permits the creation of acceptable use policies that further safeguard your healthcare organization. The web filtering solution has been re-engineered to provide improved functionality, speed, and scalability; and – with the SSL inspection feature – now enables the blocking of individual pages on HTTPS websites that breach acceptable use policies. As more and more websites default to HTTPS and become SSL-enabled, the need to be able to analyze encrypted SSL traffic has become critical. With the SSL inspection feature enabled in WebTitan 5.0, in addition to filtering HTTPS URLs, the content is decrypted, examined, and – if acceptable – re-encrypted and forwarded to the client. This enables administrators to decrypt SSL traffic for specific domains and scan it for policy compliance and the presence of...

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Gold and Silver Info Security PG Global Excellence Awards for Fortinet FortiGate Platform
Mar07

Gold and Silver Info Security PG Global Excellence Awards for Fortinet FortiGate Platform

It has been a good day for Fortinet at the Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards, with the company collecting a gold and silver award for its UTM and next generation firewalls. Fortinet was awarded the gold medal for its FortiGate-140D-POE Unified Threat Management appliance in the Integrated Security and Unified Threat Management category, and a Silver award for the FortiGate-240D in the Firewall category. The Info Security PG Awards, now in their 10th year, celebrate the best IT and security vendors and their ground-breaking products and security solutions. The prestigious awards are highly coveted with award winners confirmed as having products that set the bar higher for the competition. A panel of 50 expert judges assesses each product on a wide range of criteria, with the scores aggregated to determine the winner in each category.  The winners of this year’s awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in San Francisco on February 24, 2014, attended by finalists, judges, and industry peers. The FortiGate-240D – and the 200D series – are mid-range network...

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EdgeWave Launches New Cloud-Based Web Security Solution
Jan30

EdgeWave Launches New Cloud-Based Web Security Solution

EdgeWave has announced the launch of its new enterprise-class web security solution – Cloud Endpoint Security. The web security solution has been developed for enterprise users to secure their endpoints by blocking advanced persistent threats, viruses, ransomware, malware and botnets. The solution can also be configured to block categories of web content that is unacceptable for use in the workplace. There are massive benefits to be gained from allowing end users to access the Internet, although Internet access is far from risk free. Organizations that allow Internet access need to manage risk effectively, which means the use of security solutions that can block access to malicious web content. The new cloud-based web security solution allows enterprises to carefully control the types of web content that employees can access, while blocking a wide-range of web based threats. The solution can be used to protect users and their devices while connected to on premise and off premise networks, creating a safe browsing environment with close to zero latency. The solution is idea...

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AV-Comparatives Rates FortiGuard Top Security Product with Full Marks for Anti-Phishing and Malware Removal
Jan27

AV-Comparatives Rates FortiGuard Top Security Product with Full Marks for Anti-Phishing and Malware Removal

AV-Comparatives has given Fortinet’s FortiGuard full marks in its recent December Summary Report 2013. The Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection (APT) technology was given top marks (3 stars) for anti-phishing, proactive catch rate, file detection, malware removal, and its real-world test. For the report, AV-Comparatives assessed FortiGuard along with 21 other antivirus products for their ability to block malicious software without preventing legitimate content from being accessed. The assessments took place over the course of the year. AV-Comparatives publishes the findings of its research in its annual report and highlights the products that have performed the best and achieved the highest scores across all of the test areas. The reports help businesses choose the most effective anti-virus products. All of the 21 products under test achieved reasonable and acceptable scores in all test areas, although some products provided outstanding protection. Those products were recognized and give awards. AV-Comparatives CEO and Founder Andreas Clementi explained that not all of the products...

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Fortinet Launches FG 280D POE Targeting Smaller Business Networks
Jan13

Fortinet Launches FG 280D POE Targeting Smaller Business Networks

Fortinet has launched a new network security appliance for SMBs and smaller network operations – the FortiGate FG 280D POE. The appliance delivers security for wired and wireless networks, providing comprehensive threat protection through the firewall, VPN, antispam, web filtering, intrusion prevention, data loss prevention, dynamic routing for IPv4 and IPv6, application control, endpoint NAC, and SSL-encrypted traffic inspection. The 84-port device is well suited to organizations with relatively small networks such as small healthcare facilities and retail outlets. Even though considerably smaller than many of its other appliances, it is still a powerful high port density device with firewall throughput of 4GBps, 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+, and the capability to handle 3.2 million concurrent sessions. The appliance can help organizations cut out some of the complexity of current systems and eliminate costs. Multiple devices can be connected and managed through PoE ports on the FortiGate appliance, as Fortinet VP of product marketing explained, “By integrating the flexibility of...

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